Seminar: Kenya in 2013: the Elections, the Constitution and the Jubilee Government - lessons from the first 6 months

Kenya: a History Since IndependenceThis seminar will examine the 2013 general elections in Kenya. Charles Hornsby (D.Phil. in Kenyan politics, Oxford) will present a (so far unpublished) comparative analysis of five of the six simultaneous elections, e.g. for president, senators and MP's. What do they tell us about the viability of the results and about the underlying basis of support for the Jubilee coalition (i.e. 'why Uhuru won')? Hornsby will discuss events since April, focussing on the transfer of power to local authorities, the new 'non-political' ministerial structure and developments at the International Criminal Court. Why do the results of the election remain contested, and how are those doubts played back into the political sphere, both domestically and via international opinion?

This is an ASC Africa Today seminar, which means that the seminar focuses on current events. This type of seminar is meant for a general audience and there will be no paper and no discussant.


Biopic Charles HornsbyCharles Hornsby completed his D.Phil. on Kenyan politics at St Antony's College, Oxford, and has since combined a professional career in information technology with a deep engagement with Kenya. He has published several articles on Kenyan politics, co-authored with David Throup the influential Multi-Party Politics in Kenya (1998) and in 2011 published Kenya: A History Since Independence, a political and economic history which has been serialised extensively and well received in Kenya. He has been a journalist or election observer during most of Kenya's recent elections and lived and worked in Ghana in 1995-8, Kenya in 1999-2001, The Netherlands in 2005-8 and Malaysia in 2008-11.

Date, time and location

14 November 2013
15.30 - 17.00
Pieter de la Courtgebouw / Faculty of Social Sciences, Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333 AK Leiden
Room 1A09 (first floor)